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Many students gathered in a auditorium
Students listening during or Welcome Session.
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Introduction Days

In your first days in Gothenburg, there will be lots to do and absorb. This page provides information about activities for newly arrived students that are held at the start of the semester. The University Welcome Programme, social activities arranged by student buddies and student associations. There is also quite a lot of administrative tasks you need to take care of as a new student.

Welcome Programme

The International Student Welcome Programme is held at the beginning of each semester. The programme of events and activities provides international students with practical information about the University and living in Gothenburg. It is also a perfect opportunity to meet other international students and Student Buddies from all over the world.

Welcome Services, together with numerous student buddies, usually organise a pick-up service from Landvetter airport (GOT), the central station, and the ferry terminals. International students arriving on the specific Arrival Days can sign up for free pick-up.

Due to the pandemic this year (autumn semester 2021) the Arrival Days are cancelled. 

Transportation and getting around

Key pick-up


Welcome Day Programme

  • Introduction
  • Welcome Speech by deputy vice-chancellor Mette Sandoff
  • Student Portal and University e-services
  • Servicecenter and the GU card
  • Studies at the University of Gothenburg
  • 5-minute break with photos from Gothenburg and surrounding areas
  • Student health care provider Feelgood introduces their services
  • Student unions, what are they and why are they so important
  • Mecenat followed by Welcome Services
  • Unimeet Gothenburg
  • 5-minute break with more photos from Gothenburg and surrounding areas
  • Swedish language courses
  • Unit for Academic Language (ASK)
  • University Library
  • Conclusion

Watch the recorded version on GU Play


Swedes and student life in Gothenburg programme

  • Student budget in Gothenburg, with Alix
  • Living in Sweden with a focus on intercultural competence, with Vanessa
  • Panel discussion with international students Ophelia, Alix, and Matthew. Moderator: Vanessa

You find the recording of the webinar Swedes and student life in Gothenburg here:

Please note that the webinar “Swedes and student life in Gothenburg” is available for a limited time only, and will be removed on Sunday 5 September at midnight.

The Welcome Pack is a tote bag sporting the University of Gothenburg logo. They used to be black with the logo in white, but to make them even more environmentally friendly, we have switched to this beige one.

These bags are only given to international students, so if you see anyone with such a bag out in the city, you have probably just spotted another international student. Its contents includes a map of the city, a University of Gothenburg reflective slap wrap, a list of things to do while in Gothenburg, as well as various information about, for instance, public transport and recycling.

Pick up your Welcome Pack

We will hand out Welcome Packs at Studenternas Hus at Götabergsgatan 17 on the following dates:

  • 22 September, Wednesday, 16:30-18:00 CEST

    More dates will be added as required.

Faculty organised welcome activities

Some faculties at the University also arrange activities for their students at the start of the semester. Individual programmes might also arrange orientation or introduction events. They will contact you via e-mail if that is the case.

Social events

The Student Buddies organise plenty of activities both at the start and throughout the semester in order to help international students settle in and meet fellow students. You can contact them if you need more information about student life in Gothenburg or if you want to know more about the different activities arranged for you.

Unimeet Gothenburg events

These events aim to welcome all new international students to the city of Gothenburg. They are designed to make you discover and experience the city while getting to know other students. Unimeet Gothenburg is a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers and the Trade and Industry Group at Göteborg & Co.